Further cuts can still be proposed from the floor
Color us surprised. Madison alders’ operating budget amendments were due today and none proposed cutting the police department’s budget beyond Mayor Satya’s $2 million.
Council President Sheri Carter, a good moderate, actually moved to accept a $230,528 grant to create a downtown entertainment zone police team, which would add four police officers. Alder Zach Henak co-sponsored. The amendment would basically restore Mayor Satya’s cuts to the police head count.
Madison alders’ salaries would be cut 5% from the 3.25% increase in pay built into Mayor Satya’s budget if a budget amendment proposed today is adopted. That results in a 1.75% decrease in current pay. The council president was scheduled for $17,470, the vice president $15, 448, other alders $14,357. Instead, the new salaries would be $16,597, $14,714, and $13,640.
Total savings, a grand total of $16,193. Not much, but symbolic. The amendment was proposed by Council president Sheri Carter and co-sponsored by Alders Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Zach Henak, and Paul Skidmore.
Good move, but why not cut the mayor’s scheduled pay increase while you’re at it? After all, she wants the police to cut theirs.
Alders Keith Furman and Rebecca Kemble (Progressive Dane) want to create an “Office of Community Engagement” and eliminate the council’s chief of staff position. Its incumbent is quitting anyway, fed up by the antics of this council.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The city’s finance committee meets Monday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m. Demand a reduction in the mayor’s salary and restoration of the police departments budget. Links here.